Scott McLaughlin Wins Indy Car Opener at St. Petersburg Grand Prix

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St. Petersburg, FL — February 27, 2022

NASCAR opened their season last week at Daytona International Speedway. A drive down Interstate 4 to Tampa, then a hop across the bay to the streets of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, and Florida residents welcome the opener of the NTT IndyCar Series.

Mother Nature provided perfect weather for fans to enjoy the excitement of America’s two biggest national race series. The setting of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg features views of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club basin, Albert Whitted Airport, and the waters of Tampa Bay.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street course track on the Tampa Bay waterfront / Lasco Press Photo

“The Sunshine City” fans flocked to the event setting an all-time attendance record selling out the venue.

Fans at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix / Lasco Press Photo

Qualifying

Scott McLaughlin won the pole for today’s 100-lap race on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street course. Will Power will start beside McLaughlin on the front row.

Starting Lineup
1st – Scott McLaughlin
2nd – Will Power
3rd – Colton Herta
4th – Rinus VeeKay
5th – Romain Grosjean
6th – Simon Pagenaud
7th – Scott Dixon
8th – Marcus Ericsson
9th – Josef Newgarden
10th – Alex Palou
11th – Graham Rahal
12th – Kyle Kirkwood
13th – Alexander Rossi
14th – Dalton Kellett
15th – Christian Lundgaard
16th – Pato O’Ward
17th – Helio Castroneves
18th – Devlin DeFrancesco
19th – Callum Ilott
20th – Conor Daly
21st – Felix Rosenqvist
22nd – Takuma Sato
23rd – Jack Harvey
24th – David Malukas
25th – Tatiana Calderon
26th – Jimmie Johnson

Fan favorite and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves did not qualify well and will start in the 17th position.

Helio Castroneves on the streets of St. Petersburg / Lasco Press Photo

Takuma Sato, the two-time Indy 500 champion is also in the race, he will start 22nd on the grid. Seven-time NASCAR champion, Jimmie Johnson starts at the back of the pack in 26th position.

Takuma Sato / Lasco Press Photo

The Race

Scott McLaughlin was unstoppable in the lead. Starting from the pole McLaughlin used a two pit stop strategy to lead 49 laps and secure his first win in the series. Indycar defending champion Alex Palou finished second closing to within a half a second of McLaughlin at the finish.

Scott McLaughlin wins at St. Petersburg / AP Photo

Results of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Position Car Driver Laps Total Time Laps Led Status
1 3 Scott McLaughlin 100 51:27.3 49 Running
2 10 Alex Palou 100 51:27.9 1 Running
3 12 Will Power 100 51:29.8 1 Running
4 26 Colton Herta 100 51:43.2 Running
5 28 Romain Grosjean 100 51:45.8 Running
6 21 Rinus VeeKay 100 51:48.0 13 Running
7 15 Graham Rahal 100 51:48.8 Running
8 9 Scott Dixon 100 51:49.4 26 Running
9 8 Marcus Ericsson 100 51:49.7 Running
10 51 Takuma Sato 100 51:50.6 Running
11 30 Christian Lundgaard 100 51:51.8 Running
12 5 Pato O’Ward 100 51:53.6 Running
13 45 Jack Harvey 100 51:59.0 Running
14 6 Helio Castroneves 100 52:00.9 Running
15 60 Simon Pagenaud 100 52:01.6 Running
16 2 Josef Newgarden 100 52:03.6 Running
17 7 Felix Rosenqvist 100 52:06.4 Running
18 14 Kyle Kirkwood 100 52:25.5 Running
19 77 Callum Ilott 100 52:26.1 Running
20 27 Alexander Rossi 100 52:26.5 10 Running
21 20 Conor Daly 100 52:27.5 Running
22 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 100 52:30.2 Running
23 48 Jimmie Johnson 99 51:41.0 Running
24 11 Tatiana Calderon 97 51:33.4 Running
25 4 Dalton Kellett 62 27:32.8 Mechanical
26 18 David Malukas 23 25:12.2 Contact